Essay On Stress In The Workplace

838 Words4 Pages
Symptoms that might affect an organisation/employer and that they might notice that stress may be an underlying problem with an employee are absenteeism, poor time-keeping, disciplinary problems, bullying, aggressive communications, isolation and a high staff turnover. The employees’ performance can be affected due to stress. This could include a reduced output or quality of product or service, accidents, poor decision making and error making. Increased costs from compensation or increased healthcare costs along with referrals to health services can all be signs of stress in an employee.

The symptoms of work related stress that can affect and be seen to affect an employee would be changes in behaviour. Are they involved with incidents where
…show more content…
Employers are responsible for and should identify, prevent and reduce stressors in the workplace and assist employees affected by or at risk of stress. They should encourage staff to take responsibility for their own health, supplying them with information on safety, health and welfare and their own health and wellbeing. They must identify, assess and eliminate or manage to the lowest possible level any hazards in the workplace which may be a risk to the safety, health and welfare of employees and those affected by workplace activities. It is their duty to do this.

Stress in the workplace is a hazard under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and it must be evaluated and managed in the same way as physical hazards. Employers can also improve employees ability to cope by arranging stress management and work and wellbeing workshops for example they can arrange manual handling and ergonomics classes for workers. The employer is responsible for having a systematic and continuous process in place to identify hazards and assess risks, in consultation with all employees. This Protects from the risks and reduces the degree of exposure to the factors that cause stress. By monitoring the risks they can continuously review levels of
Open Document